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Perodua Aruz vs. Toyota Rush – Solving the dilemma

Tell us, if we are wrong in saying that the competition in the SUV segment is hotter than before. First came in the C-segment SUV, the Proton X70 and now we have one decorating the B-segment market, the Perodua Aruz. It’s like both the Malaysian born automakers are doing their bit to keep the buyers satisfied. Like all, the Aruz too requires to fight its way in the segment, as the same is already stocked with some mammoths. One of which is the Toyota Rush, the car that graced the Malaysian market only in October 2018. So, let’s see what the two cars have to offer and which one is the better pick.

Looks and styling

Starting with the new bee in town, the Aruz benefits from an aerodynamic body that is adorned with distinctive accents all over. The front gets a multi-slate chrome and glossy black finish grille. Further adding to the beauty are the LED headlamps with follow-me-home function and light guides. The fog lamps are available with the range-topping AV variant, much like the silver painted front bumper. On to the side, the 17-inch wheels rule, while the sporty roof rail and stone guard add to its sporty appeal in higher trim. The rear benefits from a wrap-around combination tail lamp and spoiler. Adding to the looks on the Aruz AV trim are added silver garnish on the rear bumper and tailgate.

The Rush too is quite an onlooker and is a combination of style, beauty, and luxury. Like the Aruz, the Rush sports a layered grille, the only difference is that here it’s all chrome. The LED headlights come equipped with daytime running lamps. The fog lamp, roof rails, and stone guard are standard offerings in the Rush. Both the Rush variants ride on 17-inch alloy wheels. Overall, both the cars look great. However, the Rush is slightly more aggressive looking with its R-Blade body kit.

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Interior and features

Comparing the interior of the two cars, we find the cabin significantly different. Especially the dashboard design, the one on Aruz features silver trims that help shape the centre stack and also highlight the air-con vents. Both the trims – the X and AV feature Perodua’s 7-inch infotainment unit below which rest the controls for the single-zone manual air-conditioning system, and second-row air blowers. Talking about differences, while the base trim features fabric upholstery, the one on AV is all leather. Also, the steering wheel and gear knob are wrapped in leather in the top trim, and it also gets a plush looking piano black coating on the dash. SmartLink functionality and integrated driving video recorder are a few added benefits seen on the Aruz top trim.

Like the Aruz, the Rush display a 2+3+2 seating layout with 60:40 split function in second and 50:50 in the third row. Included in its standard kit are features like – a 6.8-inch head unit with screen mirroring function, single-zone air-conditioning with rear vents, keyless entry and start Panoramic View Monitor with four cameras, and Toyota AutoTag built-in SmartTAG. So, more or less it replicated the Aruz specs.

Engine and performance

The Perodua Aruz gets its power from a 2NR-VE 1.5-litre 4-Cyl petrol engine that produces 105 PS of max power and 136 Nm of peak torque. The 7-seater SUV gets a single transmission option – four-speed automatic unit that sends power to the rear wheels. The company claims a fuel economy of 15.6 kmpl from this Energy Efficient Vehicle mill.

Toyota Rush spec sheet shows the same mill doing duty under its hood as the Aruz. And don’t be surprised to know that the same engine is found in the Perodua Myvi and even in the latest Avanza.

Safety features

The Aruz comes with various standard safety features like Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), ABS with EBD and BA, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Emergency Stop Signal, six airbags, and ISOFIX. On top of that, Perodua offers Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 suite that ’s exclusive to the 1.5 AV trim. Part of this safety kit is features like – Pre-collision Warning, Pre-collision Braking, Pedal Misoperation Control, and Front Departure Alert.

oyota also puts forward a steady foot on the safety front. It impresses buyers with the Safe-T Plus package of which are part 6 airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, ABS with EBD and BA, Hill-start Assist Control, Emergency Stop Signal, and Pre-collision System (exclusive to the top trim).

Price

Perodua Aruz price sheet reads, RM72,900 for the 1.5X and RM77,900 for the range-topping 1.5 Advance.Toyota Rush price range, on the other hand, starts from RM 93,000 and goes up to RM 98,000.

Both the Aruz and Rush are great options in the B-segment SUV arena. They feature similar dimensions and engine specs. With a few alterations in the exterior and interior design, even their feature list mostly tallies. It’s, however, the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 safety tech in 1.5AV trim of Aruz that’s most impressive. In crux, we can say that the Aruz is an inexpensive version of the Rush, with its range-topping variant packing-in some great features

Info Source : https://www.zigwheels.my/

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Penang CNY Celebration 2019


The Chinese New Year Celebration will take the form of a street event organised by Penang Chinese Clan Council, coordinated by Penang Cultural Inheritors Society. 

The Chinese New Year Celebration will take the form of a street event organised by Penang Chinese Clan Council, coordinated by Penang Cultural Inheritors Society. This festive event will take place at George Town World Heritage site on 9 February, 2019 (Day 5 of Lunar New Year) from 4pm to 11pm.

In the unique and colourful atmosphere of Chinese New Year, the event hopes to promote heritage and the arts through performances, exhibitions and workshops. A number of ancestral temples within the George Town heritage enclave will open their doors to showcase the rich Chinese culture via food and crafts.

With the theme “A Journey of Gratitude”, adopted for the Penang CNY Celebration 2019, the event aims is to give thanks to our ancestors for all their good deeds in helping and protecting us and Penang over two centuries. What better way than to express this heartfelt gratitude than through the story-telling of the struggles and hard work of our forefathers, in the hope of inspiring everyone.

Operating Hours
4pm – 11.30pmContact Number
+6016-418 2666 / +6016-436 6667

Website
https://www.facebook.com/pgcny/

Address
George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site

Info source: https://mypenang.gov.my/events/all-events/260/

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Penang Celebrates: Chinese New Year with Kochabi @ Auto-City

Penang state carry out the CNY celebration at Auto City Juru.

One of the largest celebrations amongst the Chinese community in Penang, let’s celebrate Chinese New Year by recalling our “Kochabi”; Penang’s old flavours. Bringing everything together in one place, join us at Auto-City this 2 February (Saturday) to savour our much-missed Kochabi, while indulging in performances such as 24 Festive Drums, Chinese Folk Rhymes, Teochew Puppet Drama and other multicultural performances.

Entrance Fee
Free

Email
info.penangtourism@gmail.com

Address
Auto-City, 1688-F8, Jalan Perusahaan, Highway Auto-city, 13600 Perai, Penang

Info Source: https://mypenang.gov.my/

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Perodua Aruz could increase competition in non-national B-segment market

By NSTP AYISY YUSOF – January 16, 2019 @ 5:17pm

Aruz model economic yet elegance SUV.

Perodua is also targeting between 2,000 and 2,500 units of monthly sales.

KUALA LUMPUR: Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) foray into the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment will likely impact sales of non-national B-segment, lower-end multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) as well as crossover segments.

At a conservative 24,000 annual volume, Perodua’s recently launched Aruz model is estimated to account for 10 per cent of Perodua’s 2019’s total industry volume (TIV).

MIDF Research said the arrival of new Perodua’s SUV, Aruz is likely to increase competition in the local automotive market, backed by the manufacturer’s competitive prices between RM73,000 and RM78,000.

“Of the three major non-national B-segment, Honda will be impacted the most followed by Nissan and Toyota. The models in Honda’s line-up such as the BRV, City and Jazz overlap with the Aruz’s pricing as these models account for 38 per cent of Honda’s TIV,” it said in a research note today.

The research house said for Nissan, the Almera is the main model that will be impacted by Aruz, accounting about 30 per cent to 35 per cent of Nissan TIV.

Meanwhile, the latest generation Toyota Vios model (1.5J Auto) is priced at RM77,000 and Toyota Avanza priced at RM74,000 to RM80,000 could be impacted too.

“Overall, Toyota’s models that could see increased competition from the Aruz account for just 12 per cent of its TIV. All the models Vios and Avanza have an estimated monthly volume of 4,685 units collectively.

“This is a sufficiently large potential market versus the Aruz’s monthly sales target of 2,000-2,500 units.”

MIDF Research said Proton X70 entails different price points of RM100,000 to RM124,000 and will only pose little competition with Aruz.

“We expect the X70 to encroach into the share of non-national B-segment SUVs, C-segment sedans and C-segment MPVs. Of the 3 key non-national players, Honda could be impacted the most.”

MIDF Research said the X70 overlaps with the Civic and HRV’s price points as these models account for about 29 per cent of Honda’s TIV.

It added Mazda’s Mazda 3 model and the CX3 could be also impacted as these models account for 19 per cent of Mazda TIV.

Further, MIDF Research said Perodua TIV might hit new record as its 2018’s TIV recorded at 227,240 units or an 11 per cent Year-on-Year (YoY), although the sales was partly driven by temporary strength from the Jun-Aug tax holiday period.

“We have revised our Perodua’s 2019 TIV higher to 241,000 units from 219,000 units, previously. This represents a six per cent YoY growth, after factoring in the Aruz.”

MIDF Research said UMW Holdings Bhd and MBM Resources Bhd also come into picture, as each of the company owns about 38 per cent and 22.6 per cent stakes in Perodua.

“MBM provides more earnings leverage into the play as Perodua accounts for over 90 per cent of MBM’s earnings.

“MBM’s other units such as its Perodua dealership (via 51 per cent-owned Daihatsu Malaysia Sdn Bhd) as well as its parts manufacturing units are spillover beneficiaries of the Aruz.”

Meanwhile, Perodua is estimated to account for 50 per cent of UMW’s financial year ending September 30, 2019 (FY19) earnings as the company owns about 51 per cent of UMW Toyota (UMWT), which is expected to benefit from its new Bukit Raja plant.